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Master of Science in Athletic Training 

The Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program has been approved by the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees and by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.  The program is engaged in the degree advancement process with the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (the CAATE).  It is anticipated that the inaugural class of MSAT students will be admitted in the summer semester (May) of 2020.  

The goal of the MSAT program is to prepare students for entry into the profession of Athletic Training. This degree is the entry level professional degree and meets the eligibility requirements for both the national professional examination administered by the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers’ (the BOC) and the state licensure exam necessary for practice.

To meet this goal, the program provides students with: (1) knowledge in the biomechanical/pathomechanical aspects of human movement and the physiological/pathophysiological aspects of injury and healing; (2) knowledge and training in methodologies used in the evaluation, management, treatment, referral, and rehabilitation of people who have suffered an injury or illness; (3) training in the skills necessary to recognize and reduce the risks associated with physical activity and sport; (4) training in the skills required to manage the day-to-day operations of a sports medicine/athletic training practice; (5) and basic skills in research design, implementation, evaluation, and interpretation.

The MSAT program is designed for the student seeking the professional health care credential as an Athletic Trainer (AT). After successfully completing the MSAT program students are eligible for the BOC Exam and the appropriate state licensure exam. Passing both exams confers two credentials, AT (the state license) and ATC (signifying holding BOC certification).  

A variety of student backgrounds brings valuable experiences and perspectives to the program.  As such, the program welcomes application from students with a bachelor’s degree in any area of study as long as they meet program pre-requisites.  The most applicable degrees, however, are those in Health Sciences, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, or other areas based in the natural sciences and human movement.  

Application Requirements

  • ATCAS application  (a link to the application will become available as the launch dates gets closer).
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • 3.0 Cumulative undergraduate GPA 
  • 3.0 Science/Math/Pre-professional GPA (indicated by * in pre-requisite list below)
  • General Graduate Records Exam (GRE) - suggested minimum scores (150 verbal, 150 quantitative, and 3.5 analytical writing)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (2 from athletic trainers)
  • 50 ​Hours of supervised observation/practice


Undergraduate Requirements for Application to UC MSAT program


Course, Course Content, or Activity Description

Equivalent UC Courses

Natural Science

*General Biology with Lab

BIOL1081 & BIOL1081L

*General Chemistry with Lab

CHEM1040 & CHEM1040L

*General Physics (Algebra based) with Lab

PHYS1051 & PHYS1051L or PHYS1051C

*Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab

BIOL2001C & BIOL2002C




Social Science

*Introductory level Psychology


Introductory level Sociology



Medical Terminology


Health Care Ethics

HLTH2011 or HLSC2011

*Human Nutrition


*Principles of Research/Research Methods


Applied Human Science

*Exercise Physiology with Lab

HLSC3031 or HLSC3032C

*Human Biomechanics/Kinesiology

HLSC3020 or HLSC3022C

*Principles of Physical Conditioning & Exercise



*Introduction to Athletic Training

HLSC2071 or ATH1051




Students must earn a minimum of 62 graduate semester credit hours with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. This is a professional program of study that is guided by the Accreditation Standards for Athletic Training Education.  As an accredited program these guidelines require strict adherence.  There is some flexibility but, in general, students must progress through the program on schedule in order to meet program and professional standards.

Courses will be completed over 2 years of full-time study (6 consecutive semesters).  Included in the curriculum are intentionally designed interprofessional classroom, co-curricular and clinical experiences. Each semester the clinical experiences progress in complexity and with increasingly autonomous patient-care and client-care experiences consistent with the student’s level of training.  The clinical experiences culminate with fully immersive clinical experiences.  These experiences can be local or at clinical sites across the country.  

Career Opportunities 

Upon successful completion of all aspects of the program, graduates can work in a variety of settings that employ Athletic Trainers.  The traditional setting is in organized athletics either at the club, high school, collegiate, or professional level. Athletic Trainers are also employed in a variety other areas, including physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, performing arts medicine, military and tactical medicine, industrial medicine, and comprehensive health & wellness centers.  The structure of the program as a Master of Science may also be useful for students who choose to pursue further graduate study at the doctoral level. 

Clinical Affiliations

The clinical affiliations that have been developed over the decades of offering Athletic Training at the bachelor degree level will continue.  The program has clinical affiliations with the University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics, College Conservatory of Music Dance Department, and ROTC.  Agreements are also in place with the Cincinnati Bengals, Futbol Club Cincinnati, the Florence Freedom baseball club, other collegiate athletic departments and many of the high schools in the region.  All of the major health care systems in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky as well as many physician practices in orthopaedic surgery, internal medicine, dermatology, and primary care are also among the available clinical sites.  Unique clinical experiences across the country can also be arranged, including opportunities in Major League Baseball, the National Football League, Major League Soccer, and colleges and universities across the country at all competitive levels.  

Student Organizations

All of the pre-professional and professional programs in the College of Allied Health Sciences have active student organizations.  The first few classes of graduate Athletic Training students will have the opportunity to form their graduate student organization and shape that organization’s vision and mission.  The opportunity to collaborate with the student organizations in the Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Occupational Therapy and Master of Science in Nutrition programs within the department will help form a broad range of activities and engagements across the College, the Academic Health Center, the University, the Community, and beyond.  


Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistants (GAs) are, first and foremost, graduate students pursuing an education. The opportunity to work closely with faculty members and undergraduate students can be a valuable aspect of that education.  GA’s in professional programs typically provided academic support to faculty and to students enrolled in the department’s undergraduate programs.  The GA’s are typically responsible for holding the supplemental instruction sessions for undergraduate students, grading assignments, or helping organize practical exams in the undergraduate classes. 

Graduate Assistantships provide graduate students with the financial assistance. This financial support—stipend, tuition remission, and benefits—is part of the University’s commitment to the success of our graduate students. General information on graduate assistantships can be found here:

The availability of graduate assistantships has not yet been determined for this program.  

Graduate Incentive Scholarships

These scholarships recognize the successes of incoming graduate students in areas of academic achievement, writing skills, professionalism, and potential for leadership. The amount of the incentive scholarship will be decided by the graduate admissions committee.  General information on graduate incentive scholarships can be found here:

The availability of graduate incentive scholarships has not yet been determined for this program.

Program Student Scholarships

The Athletic Training program has 2 named scholarship funds that were established through the generosity of physicians who have been involved with the program since its inception as an apprenticeship program in 1973.  The scholarships supported by these funds are typically awarded to students in the second year of the program.  The awards are based on student academic performance, leadership, and contributions to the program and the profession.  The amounts of the awards are the decision of the awards committees.


The University of Cincinnati Athletic Training Program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), 6850 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100, Austin, TX 78731-3101. The program is currently applying to the CAATE for a change in level of degree and is pending approval.

Contact Us

Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, and Nutrition Sciences
3202 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394

For Nutrition Science Programs:

Kimberly Maco, MS
Phone: 513-558-7503
Email: ​

​For Athletic Training, DPT, MOT, and Health Sciences Programs:

Ashley Sandburg
Phone: 513-558-7477

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